Health Matters Category
Our research has told us that Islanders have concerns over the costs and accessibility of healthcare in Jersey. We all need the assistance of GPs, dentists or secondary care, in hospital, at some point and we hope to guide you on how you can best access the services available, to keep you and your family healthy.
The Summer Holidays are fast approaching …
The effectiveness of water – resistant product SPF 30 could drop to SPF 15 after a swim. Plus towel drying is also likely to rub off sunscreen.
This is an indication of how long sunscreen protects against ultraviolet radiation that’s linked to skin cancer and is the main cause of sunburn (UVB)
The SPF number doesn’t relate to the amount of protection a product provides it relates to time from when YOU step into the sunshine, depending on your own skin type – if an SPF30 product is applied correctly it will protect you for 30 times longer than if you wore no sunscreen. The clock doesn’t get reset each time you reapply the time is set for the day and if you don’t apply enough it will not provide its full SPF.
Cancer Research UK says it’s all about ‘How well you put it on’ for example
Most people under-apply sunscreens, using ¼ to ½ the amount required. Using half the required amount of sunscreen only provides the square root of the SPF. So, a half application of an SPF 30 sunscreen only provides an effective SPF of 5.5!
Seeing your Doctor?
Here are a few tips…to make the most of your time with your Doctor
Be Prepared…lists will always help and read them out at the start of your appointment. This helps the doctor to see the whole picture and to avoid leaving the embarrassing ailment until you are about to leave.
Try to pre-empt your doctor’s routine questions, prepare answers for: ‘how long has it been going on? Have you had it before and has anyone in the family had the same thing? And be specific and upfront about your history.
A symptom diary can help; these are helpful for tracking times when symptoms hit.
Your doctor may ask you to return to discuss one of your problems – it maybe that he or she feels that it deserves more time and a more detailed evaluation. A repeat visit will almost certainly incur a further charge.
Don’t get burnt by suncream deals
Even though medical experts and scientists advise that we should be slathering the stuff on all year long, it is generally during the summer when many of us remember we should be using suncream. Increased awareness about the danger of skin cancer has made suncream a £100 million industry per year. But it has also made it easy to convince consumers to spend much more than necessary to protect themselves in the sun.
For suncream to be effective, experts say, it needs to be applied, properly and liberally, using 40ml at a time, and then reapplied every two hours or after being in the water. In warm weather, that can mean a lot of suncream, especially for families — but it doesn’t have to burn a hole through your pocket.
Twelve well known suncream brands were tested by Which?, all of which stated they protected against UVA and UVB rays – both of which have been linked to skin cancer. UVA rays are linked to premature aging of the skin, and UVB rays are the main cause of sun burn. Shockingly, three products from big brands Hawaiian Tropic, Malibu and Piz Buin failed their protection test.
Are you eligible for the Pension Plus Scheme?
If you are 65 or over, you may be eligible for the Pension Plus scheme which helps with the costs of looking after teeth, feet and eyes. It is funded and administered by the Social Security Department and replaces the 65+ Health Plan. You can join the scheme if you are 65 or over; if you do not pay Income Tax because your income is below the relevant tax limits; if you are resident and have lived in Jersey at some point for a period of five years; and if you have assets below a set limit. Your home is not included in any consideration of assets, and there is no membership fee.
Members of the scheme have their appointments paid for directly, up to set the limits, at the time of the dentist, optician or chiropodist visit. They do not have to claim any money back. Included in the benefit are allowances for dental treatment and towards the cost of glasses or lenses.
For more information and to apply, contact:
Carers Support Service – Jersey Online Directory (JOD)
To strengthen our commitment to Health and Social Services, the Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau made a successful bid for the Carers Support Service. To some degree this helps form the changes to the way health services are delivered through the H&SS white paper, part of which is the provision of a ‘Citizens Portal’ or online directory, to enable everyone to have easy access to care services and support, tailored to their specific needs.Read More
Dental Charges in Jersey
- Is there an opportunity for a fresh approach to dental costs, treatment plans and dental care payment methods in Jersey?
- In 2012 the Consumer Council highlighted that Islanders are avoiding visiting a dentist based on cost;
- Our 2012 Primary Health survey indicated that 27% of respondents felt. Dental charges were so expensive it’s stopped them from visiting a dentist.